Projects for Earth Day, and beyond

Rockdale volunteers will head out in support of their town, and their earth, Saturday with many projects on tap for the annual Earth Day observance.

But Earth Day is spilling over into “Earth Week” in 2017 with programs at local school campuses and the city library even before Saturday.

KICKOFF—The actual Earth Day will kick off at Wolf Park at 8 a.m., Saturday with a free breakfast provided by the Emmaus Project.

“There will be a small send off and then everyone can go to their projects. If people want to form a team from their workplace or neighborhood or if they want to connect as an individual on the workday that’s a good thing,” Rev. Ken Ansell, spokesman, said.

“Everyone should plan on giving about four hours, from 8 a.m. to 12-noon, to the event,” he said.

Projects will include the following:

• Planting seven new trees, six at Skate Park and one at Old City Cemetery.

• The Ham Branch Bridge on Ackerman will be painted.

• A fire damaged house next to Springfield Baptist Church will be torn down and hauled off. The house was owned by the Gill family which has given it, and its lot, to the church.

• Cleanup at the Veterans Park Butterfly Garden.

• Downtown planters, part of the Rockdale Downtown Association’s efforts, will be replanted.

• Rose bushes to be planted along Cameron Avenue at City Hall.

• Several lots with fallen, dead trees will be cleaned up and trees hauled off.

• Many “rake and roll” projects, people who need some help with their lawns and cleaning up have been targeted.

• Several projects in the First Baptist neighborhood are being identified.

• Several high traffic areas/streets which frequently collect trash will be walked and trash picked up.

LIBRARY—Earth Week has actually already begun. Wednesday, April 19, at both the elementary and the intermediate campuses Steve Shannon with Progressive Waste Management is making a presentation on recycling.

Thursday, Kent Givens, Master Gardener will speak at the city library from 5 to 6 p.m. on water conservation and composting.

On Friday, Donna Lewis from the El Camino Real chapter of Master Naturalist, will be available at the library from 2 to 5 p.m. with tables of information about a variety of subjects including creating sustainable environments, horned frogs, harvester ants and how these things are connected in our ecosystem, wildscaping, and creating environments for birds and butterflies to thrive in.

“She will be more than happy to dialog with visitors,” Rev. Ansell said.

At 10 a.m. Saturday at the library there will be a kid’s craft, every family that shows up for the craft project will take home a free tree to plant in their yard. Givens will be doing his radio show from the library and will be available for questions from both kids and adults.

VOLUNTEERS— Teams already signed up for Earth Day including Rotary, Lions, Rockdale Downtown Association, Rockdale Ministerial Alliance, Girl Scouts, Newfound Life Church, Murray Street Church of Christ, Perry & Perry, First Baptist, Rockdale High School Rockdale Junior-High School.

Earth Day committee members consists of Rev. Angell, Lori McVoy, Jennifer Ansell, Lin Perry, Collier Perry, Dr. Brad Owens, Gary Griesbach, Jason Hollinger and Gretchen McCord, working with the City of Rockdale.

For more information on Earth Day projects, contact Rev. Ansell at 972- 921-4221

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